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To the readers of Autism Services and Resources CT, I would like to introduce you to Kyle (not his real name). Kyle is 12 year old male of Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian descent with Dominican and Trinidadian ancestry. He is active and loves to play with sensory toys, and do activities, that involve sounds and music. He likes to take showers and can wash himself. He can also feed himself, however he does not like vegetables. He is non-verbal but has blurted out simple words such as hi, ball, water, and blue. He does try to mimic other words. He also has the ability to communicate via Sign Language. He does understand English and Spanish as well and likes to watch Sign Language DVD’s.

Kyle is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Hyperactivity and Moderate Intellectual Disability. Although improvement has been noted over the years, his mood and behavior tend to fluctuate from sad, to happy, to manic, to aggressive both at the residential facility and at school. He tends to manipulate his skin for self-stimulation by pinching, which has been noted as an indicator that he is agitated or anxious. He responds well to hand squeezes, deep pressure body manipulation, and full body brushing as a way to regulate. Target behaviors have been dropping to the ground, refusing to participate, aggression, self-injurious behaviors, refusing to enter/exit a vehicle, and head banging. He does have a history of bolting.

Kyle is in need of an adoptive family that will be patient and very consistent with him. The prospective adoptive family should also have it set up so that there is always at least one parent available to provide the supervision that Kyle requires due to the intensity of his needs. The prospective adoptive family should be familiar with or willing to be trained in autism care, willing to learn Spanish if it is not learned already, and either know sign language or be willing to learn. The prospective adoptive family should also be open to maintaining Kyle's relationship with his maternal grandmother and will need to be welcoming of multiple service providers. The home should have, have added to it, or be willing to add security features such as door chimes or an alarm, window bars, higher locks, and a fenced yard due to Kyle's bolting behaviors. It is important to note and understand that Kyle will need lifelong care.

If you would like to learn more about Kyle, please contact William Larson at 860-832-5593. You can also reach William via email at william.larson@klingberg.com.

Best,

Alexandria Ingleton
Permanency Specialist for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood Street
New Britain, CT 06052
860-736-4003 (cell)
860-832-5539 (office)
860-826-1238 (fax)
alexandria.ingleton@klingberg.com